Seminar “Migration processes and minorities: New challenges for journalism”

The objective of the seminar Procesos migratorios y minorías: El periodismo ante los nuevos retos, according to the organisers, is “to reflect upon and debate the role of the media in covering migrant movements that, due to wars and impoverishment caused by a political-economic model unable to universalise the rights it advocates, have grown since the end of the 20th century”. The event aims to generate keys to transforming, rethinking and recovering the role that the media can play in society. While geared toward professional journalists, the event is also open to the public.

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Call for Papers: The Radio Journal

We invite contribution to a Special issue of The Radio Journal. International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media on Community radio – Current roles and contemporary challenges (15:2 October 2017). CMFE board members Judith Purkarthofer, University of Oslo, Norway, and Urszula Doliwa, University of Warmia and Mazury, Poland, are the guest editors of this special issue.
Submission deadline 1 April 2017
Please see pdf for details: CFP Radio Journal 15-2 Community radio issue 2017

Media against Hate

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Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE) is partnering with the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), ARTICLE 19, Media Diversity Institute (MDI), Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA), Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti (COSPE) and Community Media Institute (COMMIT) in the Europe-wide campaign Media Against Hate, to counter hate speech and discrimination in the media, while maintaining respect for freedom of expression.
The media and journalists play a crucial role in influencing both policy-making and societal opinion on migration and refugees.

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CMFE and COMMIT organize thematic meeting in Vienna with Media & Internet Division of the Council of Europe

On Monday, 12th of december 2016, a thematic meeting took place with members of Community Media organizations, of journalist educators and Charlotte Altenhoener-Dion (Administrator/Secretary of the MSI-NET, Media & Internet Division, Council of Europe). At the RTR (Austrian Regulartory Authority) head of the media division Alfred Grinschgl welcomed all participants. Researchers at the London School of Economics had prepared the draft of a report on “Media coverage of the “refugee crisis”: A cross-European perspective”. Charlotte Altenhoener-Dion stated the interest of the Council of Europe to learn about the practices of Community Media oganizations in dealing with contents linked to refugees and migration. Participatory media practice and ensuring access to finding one’s own voice as well as the possibility to connect to others can be seen as inspiration for both public service and private commercial media.

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Ofcom Community Radio Consultation: until 22nd of December

Ofcom, the UK radio regulator, is currently consulting on the future licensing and technical policy for the Community Radio sector.  The consultation, which closes on the 22nd of December, will look at how future rounds of licensing will be conducted and will examine how best to use additional frequency resources as they become available as some larger services have migrated to digital only delivery.  Next year, the regulator also plans to examine options for the further roll-out of additional small-scale DAB multiplexes providing suitable coverage for community radio services.  Details of the current consultation can be found at:

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/cr-future-licensing

European Media Pluralism Monitor rates the Czech Republic

MPM-homeSlideThe European Media Pluralism Monitor, a consortium of media scholars and experts, held its final conference in 2016 at Florence, Italy, and issued its annual report of media pluralism factors in each European country. The 2016 report offered some red flag warnings for the Czech Republic, especially regarding the absence of community broadcasting:
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